Penobscot Bay: People, Ports & Pastimes

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Penobscot Bay is the jewel of mid-coast Maine, a landscape of close-knit communities and picturesque ports whose scenery is matched only by its rich history. Granite from the quarries on Vinalhaven has built bridges, banks and monuments in twenty-three states. Ships launched in Searsport and Belfast have traveled the world. Harry Gratwick explores these and other episodes in Penobscot Bay's past, from the first recorded solar eclipse in Islesboro in 1780 to a covert meeting between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston ...

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Penobscot Bay is the jewel of mid-coast Maine, a landscape of close-knit communities and picturesque ports whose scenery is matched only by its rich history. Granite from the quarries on Vinalhaven has built bridges, banks and monuments in twenty-three states. Ships launched in Searsport and Belfast have traveled the world. Harry Gratwick explores these and other episodes in Penobscot Bay's past, from the first recorded solar eclipse in Islesboro in 1780 to a covert meeting between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in 1941. He also recalls some of the region's most indelible characters and traditions, including South Orrington's Earl "on the River" Morrill and the Vinalhaven-North Haven basketball rivalry. Describing war, sport, industry and tragedy, he captures the essence of Penobscot Bay.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296237
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/17/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword David D. Platt 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 13

Part I A Penobscot Passage 17

Part II Ship Stories

Submarines in the Bay 33

Monhegan's Venerable Laura B Turns Sixty-Five 37

Remembering the Mainers Onboard the USS Maine 40

Rendezvous: The Last Liberty Launch? 43

Part III Mainers in War and Peace

General Henry Knox, Maine's Forgotten Founding Father 47

Lest We Forget: Vinalhaven Goes to War 51

Jack Elliot: The Vietnam War Hero from Thomaston 61

Part IV Preserving the Past

Three Island Historical Societies: North Haven, Isleboro, Vinalhaven 65

Part V Penobscot Bay and Beyond

Heavy Freight: When Vinalhaven Granite Traveled the Country 75

President Roosevelt "Goes Fishing" 85

Maine and the Centennial of the Great White Fleet 95

Part IV Fun and Games

Play Ball, Island Style 101

The Game: North Haven v. Vinalhaven 108

North Haven Dinghy Stories 112

When Hollywood Came to Vinalhaven: The Filming of Deep Waters 117

A Trip to Turner 121

Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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